Seven days ago I wrote how my neighborhood playground had become dangerous at night, with electricity leaking on all three light poles on the grounds. The poles were live, leaking 121 volts, 110 volts and 82 volts AC. In addition, out of a total of 10 floodlights bolted at the top of the poles, 4 were not working.
Earlier today, arriving home from office, my son Adib informed me that in the afternoon he saw some people doing something to the lights, using a skylift.
To see whether I had been successful in my official complaint to the local town council, Adib and I went to the grounds after our night Isha’ prayers at a neighborhood surau (musolla).
The first thing I noticed was that the playground was brightly lit. That was encouraging. Upon closer look, I was delighted to see that all 10 floodlights were blazing white, lighting up the grounds.
Then we went to each pole and measured the current, as what we did seven nights ago. Adib held the red probe of the digital multimeter while I took photos. Again I was pleased – the leakages had gone, with the poles registering tiny 0.222 volts, 0.178 volts and 0.014 volts respectively.
I could now close this issue. For the future I hope that the council could be more responsive in attending to complaints, especially those involving safety of the township’s residents. Ask your staff and contractors to put themselves in the shoes of the residents. Empathize. Feel the urgency. Feel the anxiety. Act without being told to. Then all of you would be spared our wrath. And you might even earn our respect.